Markieff Morris claims he ‘deserves’ Sixth Man of the Year award
Markieff Morris truly believes that he deserves the NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors based on how this season has gone for the Phoenix Suns. They have bounced back from their struggles last season to say the least. Even with the recent struggles the team has had, they still sit in playoff contention at (47-32) with first year coach Jeff Hornacek. Compared to last season where they had a dismal (25-57) record.
There are plenty of numbers that make the argument for power forward Markieff Morris to be the NBA’s Sixth Man Award winner but Morris thinks the one that seals his case is the win column.
“Coming off the bench with energy, scoring, rebounding, making my teammates better and winning games, especially when we were supposed to win 17,” Morris said. “When you’re supposed to win 17 and you got a guy like me averaging 14 points and we might pull off a playoff run 15 or 16 games above .500. You knew the Clippers (Jamal Crawford reference) were going to be good. You knew the Bulls (Taj Gibson reference) were going to be good, with or without D (Derrick) Rose. Y’all thought we were going after a Number 1 pick. I think I deserve Sixth Man Award for the team success.”
Morris has compiled 13.7 ppg to go along with 6.1 rebounds. Those are not necessarily standout numbers, yet Morris has made a tremendous difference in many of the Suns victories thus far this season. Though coach Hornacek does deserve the most credit for turning this team around. Players like both Morris twins, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker, and Ish Smith have made huge impacts in every aspect of the game.
The Suns have flown under the radar all season long and Markieff Morris does indeed deserve at least consideration for Sixth Man of the Year honors. With only three games remaining in the regular season the Suns need to win all three to ensure that they make the playoffs. Then they control their own destiny as an underdog that can defeat the one or two seed in the Western Conference.
In conclusion, Markieff Morris should be considered for the Sixth Man of the Year award not just because of the difference in the teams play from last season. But also because he has been a spark off of the bench in a majority of his appearances helping the Suns in pursuit of a Playoff appearance, and has improved his play dramatically since last season.